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Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 6 April 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s itinerary for his recent official visit to Pakistan; (324694)

(2) whether the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s recent visit to Pakistan was wholly, exclusively and necessarily on Government business.

Since 1999, the Government have published on an annual basis a list of all overseas visits by Cabinet Ministers costing in excess of £500 as well as the total cost of all ministerial travel overseas. From 2007-08 the list was expanded to include all Ministers. The list also provides information on the purpose of the visit and the number of officials who accompany Ministers. Copies are available in the Libraries of the House. Information for 2009-10 will be published as soon as it is available. All travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Code respectively.